Sunday February 16, 2014Gators Fall at Georgia
Jaterra Bonds led the Gators with 1 points and seven rebounds.
Jaterra Bonds led the Gators with 1 points and seven rebounds.
Florida senior Jaterra Bonds scored 18 points and freshman Ronni Williams added 10 points, but Georgia earned the 67-58 win at Stegeman Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
Georgia scored the first five points of the second half and built a 14-point lead, but Florida, which hasn’t won in Athens since January 18, 2004, responded with an 11-0 run and whittled the deficit to three points, 42-39, with 12:27 remaining.
Kayla Lewis sparked the run with a pair of inside buckets, followed by one from Cassie Peoples. January Miller nailed two free throws and Bonds capped the march with three points that included her 500th career free throw attempt.
The Bulldogs came right back with the next seven points of the game and upped its lead to 10 points, 49-39, with 9:12 on the clock.
Bonds countered with a three-point-play and Antoinette Bannister added a bucket and Florida was back within five points, 49-44, with 8:36 remaining.
The teams traded scores for the next 6:18 and the Gators were unable to make up any ground, turning the ball over four of their 18 times during the span, as Georgia hit three of four free throws in the final 50 seconds to secure the win.
Florida managed just one field goal in the final 6:58 of the first half, when Georgia outscored the Gators 12-2 and took a 35-26 halftime lead.
Neither team led by more than three points for the first 10:38 of the game until the Bulldogs converted back-to-back buckets, capped by a three-point play, to take a 23-17 advantage with 9:21 remaining.
Miller and Bannister answered with consecutive three-pointers for Florida and tied the game.
Georgia countered with a 7-0 spurt and Bonds halted the march with a jumper inside. Peoples followed with one free throw and cut UF’s deficit to four points, 30-26, with 1:37 until the break.
After Georgia scored, Bannister had a chance to add onto Florida’s total but missed the layup and the Dawgs made it count as they drilled their fifth trey of the half for the 35-26 halftime lead.
Updated Records: Florida 17-8 (7-5 SEC) … Georgia 17-8 (5-7 SEC)
Quoting UF head coach Amanda Butler
“Georgia really did a great job of setting the tone and we followed the tone they set pretty much the entire game. We had some spurts when we battled, but we did not play with Florida toughness for 40 minutes and you’re not going to beat good teams on their home court when you do that.”
“Georgia just made plays. They had some players who really played outside their scouting report, but you have to give them credit. Shacobia Barbee and Erika Ford shot the ball great. Those players really separated them from us tonight.”
On UF’s smaller lineup
“We were just trying to create and attack somehow, generate momentum somehow. We just played a really disjointed offensive game and had too many people who weren’t on the same page. We were trying to find ways to be aggressive and consistently and that small lineup certainly did give us a boost for a while.”
No Gator Has Played More!
· Jaterra Bonds played the first eight minutes of the game and moved past Murriel Page (1994-98) for the most minutes played in Gator history (Page played 3,987 minutes)
· Seniors Jaterra Bonds and Lily Svete played in the 129th game of their respective careers, tying Tamara Stocks for the second-most in Gator history (No. 1 is 135 by Jennifer George, 2009-13)
Starting Again, and Again
· Jaterra Bonds started the 108th game of her career, moving past Dana Smith (1994-98) for the sixth-most in UF history
· Jaterra Bonds assisted on UF’s first bucket of the game and dished the 402nd of her career to move past Amanda Butler (yes, THAT Amanda Butler) into fifth-most in UF history (No. 4 is 431 by Tombi Bell, 1999-01)
Nothing Free About These
· Jaterra Bonds’ first free throw attempt of the game was the 499th career attempt and moved her into sole possession of No. 5 all-time in UF history (No. 5 is Marshae Dotson with 499; No. 4 is Bonds’ second free throw attempt was the 500th of her career and moved her into a tie with Vanessa Hayden’ 500 attempts (No. 3 is DeLisha Milton with 536 attempts)
Moving on Up
· Cassie Peoples recorded her 100th career assist
· Kayla Lewis scored her 650th career point
Streaks and More
· Jaterra Bonds scored in her 50th consecutive game, the longest active streak by a Gator
· Bonds started her 95th straight game – it is the third-longest streak in UF history
· Gators converted a three-pointer for the 123rd consecutive game
Notes on the Series
· UG has won the last four meetings vs. UF, including 8 of the last 12
· UF’s last win vs. Georgia in Athens was Jan. 18, 2004
· 10 of the last 11 games in the series have been decided by 9 points or less – including both this season
· Just FOURTH time since 1993-94 season that neither team is ranked in either national top-25 poll (includes Jan. 19, 2014 game)
Next Gator Game:
Missouri (14-10, 3-8 SEC*) at Florida (17-8, 7-5 SEC)
Stephen C. O’Connell Center (11,373) * Gainesville, Fla.
Thurs., February 20 * 7 p.m. ET
*Missouri played Auburn later on Sunday and the result of that game was not known at the time of this release
Game Coverage & More!
· Radio: LIVE on ESPN850 WRUF-AM in Gainesville with Adam Schick & Brittany Davis
· Internet Audio: LIVE thru www.Gatorzone.com (FREE)
· Television: SunSports statewide in Florida (Cox Ch. 48/1048, DirecTV 653)
· Internet Video: LIVE on GatorVision Online (subscription)
· Internet Scoring: LIVE thru GatorZone.com (FREE)
· Tickets: FREE for all Military members and their family! $5 for reserved seats; $4 adult general admission; $2 for youth age 17 and under; FREE for UF and Santa Fe students
· Parking: FREE in the O’Connell Center lot
Additional Hoopla for the Game - Presenting sponsor: Pepsi
· Saluting Those Who Serve: Free tickets available at the ticket office window for all military members and their families.
· Rowdy Reptile Check-In: Students can earn 4 points for scanning in at Gate 1.
· Campus Challenge: Championship: The two teams with the highest attendance from the Final 4 matchups will compete in the 2014 Campus Challenge Championship for a chance to win a pizza party with the Florida Women’s Basketball team. Two students of the winning residence hall(s) will win a free scooter.
· Gymnastics Meet the Team: Meet the 2014 Gator Gymnastics team when they stop by for an autograph session and T-Shirt toss.
· Halftime Show: Girls Place members will take part in a youth basketball game during halftime.
For all of the latest information on Florida women’s basketball:
Official Website: www.gatorzone.com/basketball/women
Twitter: @GatorZoneWBK and @CoachButlerUF